A former Internal Revenue Service employee from Fresno pleaded guilty Tuesday to claiming more than $1.7 million in false tax refunds, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Monica Nanette Hernandez, 41, of Fresno confessed to filing false income tax returns, wire fraud, and identity theft, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said.
According to court documents, Hernandez worked for the IRS Service Center in Fresno as a part-time data entry clerk and filed three tax returns for herself claiming excessive federal tax withholdings.
In addition, Hernandez stole 68 tax returns from the IRS Service Center and filed fraudulent tax returns to claim excessive federal tax withholdings in 2010.
Hernandez is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Anthony W. Ishii April 14. She faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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